Kagiso Rabada given two-match ban after Steve Smith collision

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

Rabada finished with match figures of 11 for 150, and he became just the third South African to achieve a ten-wicket Test haul on at least four occasions.

His presence in the remainder of the series remains under threat, however, with match referee Jeff Crowe to announce the outcome of a hearing into a Level Two charge against the seamer after he brushed against Steve Smith after dismissing the Australian captain in the first innings.

Keshav Maharaj at St George's Park, in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Kagiso Rabada (R). Credit: Supplied.

Rabada, who missed one Test against England last summer after an incident with Ben Stokes, received an additional demerit point for his reaction after dismissing David Warner later in the Test, taking him to nine in total.


"Australia were never going to give in easily so you had to go to the reserve tank and give of your best", Rabada said after being named man-of-the-match. Rabada didn't even let Marsh survive an over.

The punishment for Rabada, one of the most exciting young bowlers in cricket and recently ranked No. 1 in tests, is the latest in a series of disciplinary problems for him over the last 12 months. "It's good for the game of Test cricket", the 33-year old said.

"It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams‚ where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted".

So, whether the ban is too harsh, or Rabada could have avoided it, is up for a debate. "I'll just get far away from the batter".

"I was just exhausted of playing". "I still feel our bowlers have a lot in them and they are going to come with a lot of fire tomorrow morning and hopefully knock them over".


Faf du Plessis has questioned worldwide cricket's disciplinary approach, stunned that David Warner's staircase rampage and Kagiso Rabada's rowdy send-off could both be worth three demerit points.

"I don't know what I am thinking actually". "I have to see it as a learning curve". They've just got your wicket and you're on your way, so it's a time to just chill out and be happy that it's done. South Africa clinched its win in Port Elizabeth by chasing down the meager target of 101 before tea on the fourth day.

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper was not fully aware of Steyn's situation, but he hopes to see the pacer fit in time for the fourth Test. De Kock contested his charge of a Level 1 offence but was fined 25% of his match fee.

Rabada followed by having Pat Cummins caught by Theunis de Bruyn at gully for 5, and he added Mitchell Starc, who was caught behind for 1.

Lungi Ngidi then joined the party as De Kock took another catch to send Nathan Lyon packing.


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